Since the awards were handed out for the second half of 2014 on January 12, indie artists have been hard at work, creating new works of art. The submissions for the first half of 2015 reflect the growing confidence of today’s indie artists, and the easy availability of technology to assist them in getting their music out to the current and potential fans. The LA Music Critic Awards were created to recognize that talent and hopefully turn our readers on to some new music and/or artists they are unfamiliar with or unaware of.
Sorry for the delay in announcing the nominees, but my schedule has been hectic, to say the least. It’s finally time to announce the nominations for the first half of 2015. And the nominees are . . .
Best EP Female: The Wild Card (Kate Voegele), Wildfire (Megan Wilde), Life, Death, and the Spaces Between (Annette Conlon)
Best EP Band: Dance With Me (Screaming Orphans), Dauzat St. Marie (Dauzat St. Marie), Endings (Well Pennies), Anthem (Sick of Sarah)
Best CD Male: Nowhere to Hide (Keaton Simons), Erick Macek (Erick Macek), Beautiful Change (Jakey Lee)
Best CD Female: So Long (Heather Bond), Hi-Rise Ranch (Pi Jacobs), The Absolute Elsewhere (Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands)
Best CD Group: Years (Mendelssohn), Rowan Street (Broken Whistle), Beer and Loathing (Poxy Boggards)
Best Single: Ryan Aderrey (“Breathe the World In”), Alexis Keegan (“Nobody Compares”), Ryal (“Lonely Love”), Katelyn Marie (“Crazy in Love”)
Best Video (cover): Redhead Express (“All of Me”), Redhead Express (“I Lived”), Honey County (“Girl Crush”)
Best Video (live): LeReverie (“Raven”), Baby & Bukowski (“In the Morning”), The Luck (“Holding On”), Crimson Calamity (“Dead Man’s Hand”), Sleep Machine (“Wild for You”)
Best Video (lyrical): Eva Universe (“Trapped”), Kanisha K (“Oh Damn Yeah”)
Best Video (official): Redhead Express (“Roots”), Honey County (“99 Bottles”), CALICO the band (“Break Your Heart”), Alexis Keegan (“Need You Now”), Me & Mr. Cassidy (“Save for Now”), Billy and the Rebels (“Puppet Man”), Nina Storey (“Waiting for Love”), Ryan Amador (“Spectrum”)
Best Rock Band: Dauzat St. Marie, Rocket, Sick of Sarah
Best Pop/Rock Male Artist: Keaton Simons, Ryan Aderrey, Erick Macek
Best Pop/Rock Female Artist: Alexis Keegan, Nina Storey, Kate Voegele, Megan Wilde
Best Pop/Rock Band: Billy and the Rebels
Best Country: Redhead Express, Honey County, CALICO the Band
Best Folk/Cultural: Broken Whistle, Screaming Orphans, Poxy Boggards
Icon Award: Tony Lucca, David and Devine, Cindy Alexander
Fan Favorite: To vote for the fan favorite, submit the name of your favorite indie artist below, or leave a comment on my Facebook page. The artist with the highest vote total will win.
The winners will be announced on August 11, 2015. We look forward to your input.